Raj Singh and Simon Corbett pictured. Picture: Ian Horrocks
Orangebox Training Solutions
Hartlepool United have announced Orangebox Training Solutions will be the club’s new front of home shirt sponsor for the first season back in the English Football League.
Pools chairman Raj Singh and Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen visited Tranquility House at Hartlepool Marina recently to mark the official opening of Orangebox’s new headquarters.
There was cause for double celebration because of a new partnership between the two that will benefit both parties – meaning Orangebox’s logo will be on the new home kit for the 2021-22 campaign.
Hartlepool are proud to have reached an agreement with the town-based training provider, highlighting how the club is keen to build up stronger relationships with local businesses.
Mr Singh, the Pools chairman, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to create this new partnership with Orangebox Training Solutions that secures them as the new main sponsor on our home kit.
“It is always great to work with local businesses throughout the town that share the same passion for the club and the community as we do.
“We want the football club to be central to the community, and that includes the business community. Much like Hartlepool United, Orangebox is a growing, ambitious organisation and I would like to thank Simon Corbett (CEO) and everyone at Orangebox for their commitment and sharing our vision.
“I would also like to wish them the best of luck as they move into their new office just around the corner from Victoria Park!”
It is a pivotal year for both Orangebox and Hartlepool following the former’s move to Tranquility House and the club’s return to the EFL after last month’s dramatic play-off final win in the National League.
Hartlepool manager Dave Challinor said: “It’s a fantastic time to get involved with the club as we move back into the EFL and it is great to see we have been able to reach this agreement with Orangebox, especially as they are now only a stone throw away from the ground.
“I’ve seen the Orangebox logo on the new kit and it looks brilliant – it’s always an exciting time of the year for fans when kits are released so I am looking forward to seeing their reaction.”
The new home kit was officially launched today by the club on social media before Hartlepool kickstart the League Two season against Crawley at Victoria Park on Saturday, August 7.
Orangebox will now be regulars in the directors’ box and Simon Corbett, its chief executive officer, is excited to have struck such a deal with his hometown club.
Mr Corbett said: “I’m a proud Hartlepool businessman, and a very keen football fan having played and managed local football for many years, including trials and playing youth team games at Hartlepool United.
“I launched my business ‘Orangebox Training’ five and a half years ago, starting from scratch, without staff or clients working extremely hard to build a brand and create a national/international training company.
“It’s a dream to be able to work with Pools and give something back to the town, it makes me extremely proud.
“I’m really excited to announce this partnership and wish my dad, who loved his football, was still around to see my logo on the front of this fantastic new kit.”
Tranquility House is now home to Orangebox and the top two floors of the impressive building consist of the company’s offices and training rooms.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, said: “Orangebox is an amazing Hartlepool company and it’s great to see them move to a new bigger and better HQ.
“The news that Orangebox will be Pools’ new shirt sponsor for next season following their promotion back to the Football League is also fantastic.
“Both Orangebox and Pools are going from strength-to-strength, but I can do without another nail-biting penalty shootout for a while.”
Orangebox has trained more than 20,000 people since it was formed in 2016 and delivers a range of courses to the unemployed, from warehousing and lean manufacturing across the north to health and social care in Bedfordshire and beyond.
Mr Corbett’s Dynamic Deliveries course, which improves communication and presentation techniques, is the flagship of Orangebox Training Solutions.